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Introducing Gregory Kelley Heiland

Bothering babies to make them make cute faces is fun!

On Tues­day, Dec 28 my lovely wife Julie gave birth to our third son. After some dither­ing back and forth (we’re method­i­cal about baby names) we picked Gre­gory. Every­one is happy and healthy. Vital stats: 20 inches, 7 pounds 9 oz. The broth­ers are adjust­ing well, though Theo’s first response to my phone call telling him it was a boy was “oh no, another one of those.”

Francis is now also a big brother! Proud brother

That’s 5yo Fran­cis (aka “lit­tle big brother”) and 7yo Theo (“big big brother”) meet­ing their new sib­ling at the hos­pi­tal. More pics in the Gre­gory! and Gre­gory in the Hos­pi­tal sets on Flickr.

As you can see, we’ve basi­cally bred triplets spaced over three years apart. As fur­ther evi­dence, here’s Theo and Fran­cis in their first pics (links to their announce­ment posts):
Brotherly love

As I men­tioned, we’re method­i­cal about names. When we were faced with Baby #2 I put together the “Fallen Baby Names Chart”–classic names that had fallen out of trendy use. It’s based on the cur­rent rank­ing of the top names of 1900. “Gre­gory” doesn’t appear on our chart because it was almost unused until a sud­den appear­ance in the mid-1940s (see chart, right). Yes, that would be the time when a hand­some young actor named Gre­gory Peck became famous. It peaked in 1962, the year of Peck’s Acad­emy Award for To Kill a Mock­ing­bird and has been drop­ping rapidly ever since. Last year less than one in a thou­sand new­born boys were Gregory’s. While we rec­og­nize Peck’s influ­ence in the name’s Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury pop­u­lar­ity, Julie is think­ing more of Gre­gory of Nyssa [edited, I orig­i­nally linked to another early Gre­gory]. Peck’s par­ents were Catholic (pater­nal rel­a­tives helped lead the Irish Easter Ris­ing) and were pre­sum­ably think­ing of the Catholic saint when they gave him Gre­gory for a mid­dle name (he dropped his first name Eldred for the movies).

Vaccine Choice for New Jersey

New Jersey Coalition for Vaccination Choice

Today is the extended dead­line for forced flu shots for young chil­dren in New Jer­sey, the day schools across the state threaten to kick stu­dents out if they haven’t taken the mercury-laden vac­cine. Every year sees more forced and/or pres­sured vac­ci­na­tions, many dozens now in New Jer­sey. The flu shot is par­tic­u­larly unnec­es­sary. An aver­age of two kids a year die from flu in the state and this flu sea­son has only seen two pedi­atric deaths in the entire coun­try. Yes, every death is a shame but why are we kick­ing kids out of school and spend­ing bil­lions of dol­lars in flu shots for a largely non-lethal disease.

New Jer­sey is also known as the state with the high­est con­cen­tra­tion of autism. I’ve met sane-seeming par­ents of special-needs kids who say the symp­toms started right after a vac­ci­na­tion. I’m no expert but I’ve read enough to know the doc­tors and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies have no clue about the cumu­la­tive effect of all these vac­ci­na­tions. They took our lit­tle one Fran­cis in to school this morn­ing despite not hav­ing the shot. We’re keep­ing our fin­gers crossed.

Other New Jer­sians want­ing to know more can check out the New Jer­sey Coali­tion for Vac­ci­na­tion Choice for more about the move­ment to have par­ents these choices for their kids.